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Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

The Pac-12 has decided to play football in the fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

Joe Laurinaitis, pro wrestler Road Warrior Animal, dies at age 60

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

Proposal would reduce FCS playoff field from 24 to 16 teams

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Maya Moore now wed, to wrongfully jailed man she helped free

  Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

  School leader: Big Ten football on hold until questions answered

Big Ten vote expected on restarting football

Dominic Thiem 1st since 1949 to win US Open after ceding 1st 2 sets

Dominic Thiem has become the first man in 71 years to win the U.S. Open after dropping the first two sets of the final.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

  Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.

Bubba Wallace leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end

  Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL season

Colin Kaepernick added to Madden NFL 21 video game as ‘starting-caliber’ quarterback

Gene Budig, academic who ran American League, dies at 81

Organizers, IOC trying to remove doubts over Tokyo Olympics

Dustin Johnson cashes in and finally wins the FedEx Cup

Hall of Fame outfielder, speedster Lou Brock dies at age 81

Hall of Famer Lou Brock, the dynamic leadoff hitter and base stealer who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win three pennants and two World Series titles in the 1960s, has died.

Djokovic out of US Open after hitting line judge with ball

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball.

  Authentic bests favorite Tiz the Law to win Kentucky Derby

The Churchill Downs stands are empty and the wagering windows closed. Armored police vehicles in the parking lot have replaced throngs of Derby-goers in seersucker and showy hats.

  Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

None of the cheering — or cursing after losing wagers — from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America’s longest continuously held sports event will go on Saturday, four months later than usual. The track initially planned to allow 23,000 fans to attend until escalating

Tom Seaver, heart and mighty arm of Miracle Mets, dies at 75

Tom Seaver, the galvanizing leader of the Miracle Mets 1969 championship team and a pitcher who personified the rise of expansion teams during an era of radical change for baseball, has died. He was 75.

Memo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeks

Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough.

NFL reveals more in-game social and racial justice plans

Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality.

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

John Thompson Jr., who turned Georgetown men’s basketball into a powerhouse NCAA program, has died at the age of 78.

Ex-UConn star, top NBA sixth man Cliff Robinson dies at 53

No cause of death was given, though former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said Robinson had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago.

NBA playoffs resume Saturday as sides detail new commitments

The sides said they would immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.

AP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for football

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making public its efforts to have a football season that starts in either late fall or winter.

Lute Olson, Hall of Fame coach, Arizona icon, dies at 85

Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse, has died.

A 2nd day of NBA playoff games halted over racial injustice

While players and teams from baseball, the WNBA, MLS and tennis sat out their competitions Wednesday night, NBA players and coaches met for nearly three hours in a Disney hotel to determine next steps, including whether the season should continue.

Boycott: NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.

3 MLB games postponed, players decide after Kenosha shooting

Games between the Cincinnati Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, Seattle Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin.

Lawyers: NFL concussion awards discriminate against Blacks

Dementia tests in the NFL concussion litigation allow doctors to use different baseline standards for Black and white retired players, making it more difficult for Blacks to show injury and qualify for awards, lawyers for two ex-players argued in court filings Tuesday.

Jamaican official says Usain Bolt tests positive for COVID

Jamaica’s Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

California ski resort, site of 1960 Winter Olympics, changing name because of offensive word

The decision was reached after consulting with local Native American groups and extensive research into the etymology and history of the term,considered a derogatory word for a Native American woman.

Street outside Staples Center to be renamed in honor of Kobe Bryant

The announcement was made on August 24 or "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles.

AP Top 25: Clemson No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Alabama

Ohio State (1,504 points) was a close No. 2 behind Trevor Lawrence and Clemson (1,520), which starts atop the rankings for the second straight season. The Tigers beat the Buckeyes in a thrilling College Football Playoff semifinal last season.

  NFL has 77 apparently false positive COVID-19 tests from lab

The NFL revealed Sunday that several positive COVID-19 tests were found a day earlier by one of its testing partners.

Takuma Sato wins his second Indianapolis 500 at empty track

Takuma Sato snatched a second Indianapolis 500 victory at empty Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Japanese racer held off Scott Dixon and ultimately won under caution.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

Washington hires Wright as NFL’s 1st Black team president

The Washington Football Team on Monday hired Jason Wright as team president, making him the first Black person to hold that position in NFL history.

Dodger Stadium vote center planned for presidential election

Dodger Stadium will serve as a vote center for the presidential election in November, making the Dodgers the first Major League Baseball team to make their venue available for voting.

NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on

The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events — a move that does not affect major college football — because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

Even as sporting events around the country continue to start back up, putting the health and safety of Masters patrons at risk was too big a hill to climb, according to Ridley.

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

James Harris, a wrestler known as Kamala, dies

Wearing face paint, James Harris thrilled fans as the ‘Ugandan Giant’ in the WWE, Mid-South Wrestling, WCW and World Class Championship Wrestling.

Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

Players unite in push to save college season, create union

College football players from across the country united Sunday in an attempt to save their season and ensure they will no longer be left out of the sport's biggest decisions.

Morikawa delivers great shot in quiet moment to win PGA

Morikawa has three victories in 29 career starts on the PGA Tour. He is the first player to win the PGA in his debut since Keegan Bradley in 2011.

Mid-American Conference cancels fall football due to virus

A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the university president’s voted to not play in the fall and consider a spring season.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Federal prosecutors say a former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

Notre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play Navy

The league on Thursday released the schedule featuring the Fighting Irish, who are giving up their coveted football independence and competing for the ACC title this season.

MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

Big Ten football season set to begin on Labor Day weekend

Under the revised schedule, teams will play conference opponents they originally were set to meet and will have one additional cross-division game.

Judge sentences ex-MSU coach to jail in Nassar-related case

A judge sentenced ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to 90 days in jail plus probation for lying in a case related to Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of athletes on campus.

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes part owner of XFL

The investors reportedly purchased it out of bankruptcy for $15 million. The eight-team XFL shut down in April after playing five weeks of games, at least in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

Another postponement rattles MLB; Brewers’ Cain opts out

Two Cardinals players were flagged for positive tests on Friday, forcing the series opener in Milwaukee to be called off.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac is lone player to stand for anthem

Isaac stood with his hands behind his back. He wore his Magic jersey and not the Black Lives Matter T-shirt that other players have had on for the anthems so far in the NBA’s season restart at Walt Disney World.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

ACC schedule includes Notre Dame, 10 conference games

ACC limits football schedule to 11 games; Notre Dame will play 10 ACC foes and be eligible for the conference title game.

Chicago bans Native American headdresses at Blackhawks games, events

The move comes after team management consulted with Native American organizations and community members.

US Open without qualifying now will be played without fans

A week before the PGA Championship begins without spectators, the U.S. Open announced Wednesday it would not have fans Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York because of health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Game on: NBA finally set to see games that count again

A re-opening night doubleheader inside the bubble at Walt Disney World awaits Thursday, when New Orleans takes on Utah before a matchup of the two teams in the Western Conference — the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend

The Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15.